Have you ever had the Kung Pao Chicken at Panda Express? I’ve been searching for the perfect copycat recipe for years and finally found “the one”. It comes from Jamie at Drive Me Hungry. Seriously this recipe is as close as you’re going to get to the Kung Pao Chicken at Panda Express. I would even go so far as to say it’s better. I couldn’t wait to hunt down all the ingredients and get started. Joe has never ordered Kung Pao when we go to Panda because it has zucchini in it. But he ate every bite and said that the sauce even made zucchini taste good. I think I may add some different vegetables next time to get added veggies into our diet. There are a lot of ingredients in the sauce with some that were new to me such as Chinese black vinegar and Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp. Every time I try a new Asian dish I learn something new. This version of Kung Pao is a very aromatic dish as well as pleasing to the eye. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Posted at 10:08 am by NativeNM, on January 17, 2014
We have a new market in town called “Sprouts Farmers Market”. Some of you may know this chain since there are many locations across the country but it’s a first for us here in Kansas. It seemed like the whole city diverged on this market on opening weekend. It was packed and hard to maneuver through the crowd of people but I did manage to get to the produce area and picked out some fruits and veggies to take home. I found some gorgeous red peppers, a bunch of kale and baby portabellas that I thought would go together for a healthy stir fry. To that I added some bacon and onion with a drizzle of balsamic glaze to finish it off. The time it took to prep the veggies took far more than the actual cook time. It’s amazing how fast and easy it is to fire up the wok and cook a meal. Enhancing the flavors of meats and veggies in the wok can be as simple as a drizzle of olive oil with salt and pepper or you can create a fragrant sauce. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite things to cook with. Continue reading →